June 28th, 2018: Where There's Thunder

Looking dicey out there:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. High near 85. South wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

Sunrise: 5:27am

Sunset: 8:31pm

Hey, if you leave the bike at home there's always Citi Bike:

Speaking of Citi Bike, increased availability will be part of the L train shutdown plan:

Including a pedal-assist fleet for conquering the Williamsburg Bridge!

This is about to become the most intense bicycle commute in North America.

Meanwhile, NYPD continues to do the important work of keeping us safe from ourselves:

There they go, discouraging bicycle commuting one rider at a time.

With the NYPD squandering resources on Citi Bike riders doing 8mph while a speeding epidemic claims lives all over the city, we desperately need more speed cameras.  Instead we may wind up with none at all, thanks to this guy:

You already knew he was a menace, but this article does a great job of explaining how big of a menace he is:

For most ordinary mortals, that is the equivalent of touching a hot stove, and they don’t do it again. They slow down. For instance, 1.2 million car owners were issued one ticket. Only 132,169 got two. And 65,999 got a third.

How many car owners who got speed-camera tickets racked up 10 or more of them? Fewer than 20,000.

That includes the owners of cars used by Uber drivers, rental cars and fleet vehicles. The owner of a private car with 10 or more speed-camera violations, such as Senator Golden, is in lottery-winner territory. 

It's all to easy to be dismayed at the state of politics, but this week's primary results do challenge the narrative that the "community" opposes bike lanes:

Thousands indeed:

Maybe they couldn't find parking at the polling place.

Finally, the CBC does a deep dive into shoaling, complete with video animation:

Though they define it as pulling up next to a rider:


"...rather than line up behind Mary, Bob wiggles past in front of the queue, next to Mary."

This is incorrect.  Shoaling is when another rider stops in front of you.  Pulling up next to someone is simply pulling up next to someone.

I mean I know Canadians are polite, but come on.

There's also a common perception that shoaling is sexist male behavior:

​"I often get shoaled by men. I don't wear the full gear, I look like a regular person on a bike — I guess maybe because I'm a woman," Dollin ventured.

More often than not, Dollin said, she'll easily blow past the offending shoaler without uttering a word. 

And while I'm sure this is the case in plenty of situations, I've been shoaled by women at least as often as I've been shoaled by men, and in fact I suspect that shoaling is less about people thinking they're faster than you and more about general cluelessness coupled with a reluctance to stop and a desire to preserve forward momentum.  (Some cyclists also engage in circling for the same reasons.  Circling is when a rider refuses to put their foot down and instead simply rides in circles than the crosswalk, and it's even stupider than shoaling.)

Anyway, I'm kind of offended the CBC didn't consult with me.